Talking Movies: Exclusive Patrick Stewart Video Interview

In the second of Tom Brook‘s Tony interviews, he chats with Patrick Stewart, who was up for a Best Actor award for his role in Macbeth. (He lost to his fellow British Shakespearean actor, Mark Rylance, and Stewart remarks that Rylance’s performance was “dazzling” in Boeing-Boeing).

Seriously, the man doesn’t seem to have aged since playing Captain Picard. Check him out:

In other news:

  • Glastonbury and Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations are almost underway.
  • Amy Winehouse told Rolling Stone that she has felt like she has “nothing to live for,” particularly shortly after her husband went to jail.(Digital Spy)
  • Peter Gabriel talks about his song for the Wall-E soundtrack, “Down to Earth,” and covering a Vampire Weekend that actually mentions him by name in the lyrics.(Stereogum)
  • David Tennant could earn the equivalent of $200,000 an episode if he stays on Doctor Who.(Scotsman)
  • Ricky Gervais praised his U.S. Office counterpart, Steve Carell, partially because Carell makes him money: “He is the hardest working man in Hollywood and the harder he works, the better it is for me.”(Daily Record)
  • A clip from the new Little Britain.(The Sun)
  • More indications that Madonna and Guy Ritchie are divorcing: Guy has quit Kabbalah.(The Sun)
  • Former marrieds Jude Law and Sadie Frost hang out with the kids.(Daily Mail)
  • Charlotte Church, who is pregnant with her second child, talks about the joys of motherhood with The Daily Telegraph.
  • Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger, a.k.a. the Hottest Couple Evah, walking arm-in-arm in London.(The Sun)
  • The Queen is worth God-knows how much money. So why can’t she afford to throw up some new curtains in Buckingham Palace?(The Times)
  • Tim Henman doesn’t think being “too nice” is the reason why he never won a Wimbledon trophy: “I think [that's] a sack of crap. If you play at that level, you’ve got to be pretty good at what you do. I’ve had a little bit of time to reflect on my career, not that I do it a great deal, and the underlying theme to all of this is, what is success? What is success? Is it being a pro player able to make a living out of the game, is it being in the top 100, the top 50, the top 10? I know that in every facet of the game, in preparation, training, tournaments, I gave 100 per cent. I got everything I could out of my career, but it’s part of our culture, the environment I’ve been brought up in [to criticise]. I don’t have a problem with it.”(The Independent)
  • Viva Blackpool writer Peter Bowker has written a three-part miniseries about three British soldiers in Iraq. It will be produced by Kudos and will air on BBC1 next year.(The Stage)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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